Gutted Carl Frampton has revealed exactly how his opponent Andres Gutierrez badly injured himself in a freak accident just 24 hours before his scheduled ‘Return of the Jackal’ clash at Belfast’s SSE Arena.
Frampton says he’s determined to repay his loyal fans – who like him were devastated by the 11th hour cancellation of the fight – by winning back his world title and then returning to Belfast as quickly as possible to defend it.
Writing exclusively in today’s Sunday Life, the 30-year-old says the last 48 hours have been “horrible” for himself and everyone connected with the SSE Arena show.
He says he was stunned when he got a call from Jake McGuigan, the Head of Boxing at Cyclone Promotions, telling him that Andres had cracked his head and was out.
Frampton has revealed how the Mexican boxer first tripped and fell forward as he was trying to get into the shower at his hotel room before falling back and knocking himself unconscious.
“It seems that Andres tripped and smashed his head off a tap,” explained Carl.
“And then he fell back and knocked himself out and then he was taken to the Kingsbridge private hospital.”
He added: “When Andres came back to the Europa Hotel hours after it had happened, he was still in a very bad state, I gave him a hug and we talked for a bit.
“I feel really sorry for the guy because he’s a fighter like the rest of us trying to get a better life for himself and his kids and I was also gutted for my mate Conrad Cummings who was supposed to defend his WBO European middleweight title on the bill.
He hasn’t had too many breaks in his career and this is another blow but I know if he stays strong he can get a World title shot at Billy Joe Saunders.”
Frampon says that when we knew that the show was off, we spoke to the SSE Arena about new dates but there was nothing in a short time frame that would allow us to reschedule.
He now wants to focus on winning back his world featherweight title.
“I want big fights from now on, I want a world title fight next and I have to make sure that I am mentally, totally focused on the job because when I am then I have no issues with weight.”
But for now, he’s planning a rest.
“I’m now going to chill out for a bit and get my mind refreshed and then I want to go again before Christmas and get back on the top of the featherweight division.”
To read more from Carl Frampton, see his exclusive Sunday Life column in today's paper.